The beautiful Tatton Park Commemorative Flame was unveiled earlier this year, and it’s been designed by the extremely talented Alex Blakey.
We asked her to tell us about herself:
“I have had a passion for art my whole life. I was born and grew up in Macclesfield. I later trained in Three Dimensonal Design at Manchester Metropolitan University; it was here that I developed a passion for glass. After graduating, I went to London to learn more about the architectural glass industry first hand before moving to my current home of Slaithwaite, Huddersfield. This is where I set up Alx Creations.
“The inspiration for most of my work comes from a combination of history and memories. I believe that memories are something we all carry with us. If we can collect a million brilliant memories in our lifetime, then we are richer than any amount of money could make us. At Alx Creations, I endeavor to hold those memories and the emotions they evoke, in beautiful, hand-crafted glass. I work on a wide range of both small and large-scale glass works. Recent work includes the creation of the WW1 Centenary commerative flame surround for Tatton Park along with smaller works of art such as my ‘Lost in time’ collection. I also run a number of classes within the community. I have recently run classes for groups such as Age UK and Waves.
“My real passion lies in the capute of memories and moments. I feel that as an artist, if you can contain something as precious as a moment in history or a beautiful memory, then you can add great emotional value to the work you produce. I believe all art should strike its viewer on an emotional level as well as being aesthetically pleasing.”